“Procrastination is the thief of time,” said the 18th century poet Edward Young. That quote is one of my all-time favourites. It holds a truth that’s been confirmed time and again in my own life.
The average person spends 218 minutes a day procrastinating. Added up, that’s equivalent to 55 days a year.
Let me repeat that: 55 days a year!
Just imagine what you could do with that time. Ever wanted to set up a business? Shed a few dozen pounds? Master a new skill? The list goes on!
Without focus – the ability to stay with a task – we run the risk of living meaningless, distraction-filled lives. We lose the propensity to do work that moves us towards our goals.
But why is chronic distraction the norm rather than the exception?
The simple truth is that our modern work environments are littered with opportunities to procrastinate. Like little fish-hooks, the catchy headlines, cluttered inboxes and social media chat rooms dig themselves into our skin and pull us away from what we should be doing.
The result? We’re more unhappy and less productive.
Fortunately, however, there’s a few simple things you can do to avoid all these things. Below, I’ve listed five common mistakes that people make when it comes to getting more done. Fix them and you might find that you’re crossing items of that to-do list faster than you’ve ever done before.
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